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Last year I reviewed Yeedi's K650 robotic vacuum. While the K650 is not equipped with the fancy features of its more expensive competition, it certainly gets the job done. I'd push the start button on the way to grab my morning coffee. Then this little robot would wander quietly around the house, vacuuming contentedly unit its battery ran low. At this point, it would return to its dock to recharge.
Today I am taking a close look at the new Yeedi Vac Station. This robotic vacuum is fitted with the navigation system and software necessary to produce and utilize accurate maps of its cleaning area. In addition, the included docking station can vacuum debris from the robotic vacuum each time it returns to charge.
My Yeedi Vac Station consists of a vacuum-equipped dock and a Yeedi Vac Max robotic vacuum cleaner.
The charging station is 16.75 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide. Its base and loading ramp reaches 13.6 inches in length. This device is capable of recharging and emptying debris from the accompanying robotic vacuum.
The Vac Max robotic vacuum spans 13.6 inches and is 3 inches high. An auto mode pushbutton and a navigational camera are mounted to its deck. A white plastic cover conceals the robot's dustbin, power switch, reset button, and wi-fi indicator.
A water tank, flanked by an assortment of anti-collision sensors and a bumper, fits snugly into the robot's back edge.
Two large rubber-coated drive wheels, an omnidirectional wheel, one side brush, six drop sensors, a carpet detection sensor, an optical flow sensor, and the main brush are located beneath this device. A pair of metal contacts used to charge the battery are positioned near the front of the robot.
This device is equipped with a 14.4V 5200mAh lithium battery capable of powering the Yeedi Vac Max for over three hours.
No-go zones may be configured using the Yeedi application.
Accessories consist of the charging dock, user's guide, brush cleaning device, and a spare vacuum bag.
- Manufacturer: Yeedi
- Name: Vac Station
- Docking station model: CH1918
- Robotic vacuum model: DVX34
- Country of origin: China
- Color: White
- Docking dimensions: 42 x 19 x 41 centimeters (16.75 x 7.5 x 16 inches)
- Robotic vacuum dimensions: 7.7 x 35 centimeters (3 x 13.6 inches)
- Dock power requirement: Input 100 – 240V/50 – 60Hz
- Battery: 5200mAh lithium; 14.4 volts
- Battery charging time: 6 hours
- Battery run time: 200 minutes (standard mode)
- Dustbin capacity: 450 milliliters
- Dust bag for dock: 2.5 liters
- Scheduling: Yes
- Max suction power: 3000PA
- Suction levels: 600/1500/3000PA
- Auto empty system: Yes
- Cleaning modes: Auto, Area, custom
- Cleaning technique: Suction, main brush, and side brush
- Mop capable: Yes
- Water tank: 240 milliliters (8.1 fluid ounces)
- Navigational system: Vslam
- Mapping: Yes. Includes no-go zones
- Wi-fi capable: 2.4G
- Climbing ability when vacuuming: 20 millimeters (0.8 inches)
- Climbing ability when mopping: 9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
- Carpet detection: Yes
- Filter: Washable high efficiency
Yeedi specializes in the design and manufacture of robotic vacuum cleaners that are easy to use, smart, and efficient.
Visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) systems determine the orientation and position of a robot by creating a map of its environment while simultaneously tracking the device's position.
Points of interest determined by the algorithm are tracked through successive camera frames to triangulate a 3D position. This data is used to create a 3D map and identify the robot's location. The Yeedi Vac Station derives this information from photographing the ceilings of the rooms being cleaned.
After mapping is complete, the robot can now determine both its own location and those of surrounding objects and efficiently navigate a room while bypassing chairs and other obstacles.
This system is equipped with an automatic dust-emptying dock. Once the robotic vacuum returns to recharge, the dock's built-in vacuum sucks debris from the device's dustbin and deposits it into a large vacuum bag located within the dock's upper compartment.
While a dust-emptying system saves little time and effort, it is a convenience to which I quickly became accustomed. I am loath to give it up. On the more practical side, this system allows me to program the robotic vacuum to clean my house daily, even when I am away on vacation.
The Yeedi Application
This application allows the user to control how their robotic vacuum operates. I can set schedules, suction and drip rates, and task the robot to clean specific areas.
The Yeedi vacuum easily navigated my thick foam bathroom mat and the well-secured Turkish rug.
A black colored metal grating guards the air intake located within my front foyer. While this obstacle sometimes traps the wheels of unwary robots, the Yeedi vacuum carefully edged around it.
While vacuuming, this robot can cross thresholds—the strip of wood at the bottom of doorways where rooms connect—of up to 2 centimeters (0.8 inches). Because several of my rooms have floors rising 1.25 inches above their neighbors', I have installed narrow ramps between them. The Yeedi vacuum did not experience difficulties coping with these hybrid thresholds.
At one point, it climbed atop the foot pedal used in conjunction with my stage piano. Then the vacuum loudly requested assistance. I rescued the robot from this not particularly perilous perch and tapped its deck-mounted pushbutton. The vacuum immediately found its bearings and continued cleaning. This incident represents the only problem I encountered while vacuuming.
This robotic vacuum is fitted with a 5200mAh lithium battery capable of providing power for up to three hours in standard mode.
My medium-sized house can be cleaned within 61 minutes in standard mode. During the testing phase, I vacuumed my floors three times in succession. By that point, the battery level had dropped to ten percent.
The Yeedi robotic vacuum begins with a Z pattern which is heavily modified by information derived from its internally developed map. If desired, specific rooms can be targeted for individual cleaning using the Yeedi application.
This robot can be set to vacuum at 600, 1500, or 3000PA. I generally use the lowest level because it cleans my house well in conjunction with the side brush and an exceptionally effective main brush. While utilizing this mode, I can barely hear the robot unless I am occupying the room being cleaned.
The suction level automatically increases when the robot travels over a mat or carpet. However, when vacuuming my thicker upstairs carpets, I usually set the vacuum mode to 1500 or 3000PA.
I can set no-go zones that prevent the robot from entering specific areas. More importantly, zones can be established that apply only to mopping operations. When my robot is mopping, it avoids carpeted rooms and edges carefully around my Turkish rug.
The drip rate of the water tank can be adjusted. I find this helpful because I like to use minimal water when mopping wooden floors.
Standard mopping systems consist of a mop pad attached to a plastic mop plate. The mop plate generally hangs below the water tank, connected to it by a pair of plastic pieces that work somewhat like a set of hinges.
The robot drags the mop pad along the floor as it vacuums. When the vacuum climbs over the threshold between two rooms, the hinged mop plate is pressed upward, hopefully providing enough clearance to be pulled across.
Thin mop pads increase the amount of clearance available. While this allows the robot to cross higher thresholds, these pads clean poorly.
Yeedi has chosen to provide a thick and plush mop pad. It cleans floors more effectively, but the clearance is reduced to nine millimeters.
This robotic vacuum provides excellent value. It is fitted with an effective navigation system and benefits from excellent maneuverability, long battery life, and the ability to set no-go zones. I was especially impressed by its automatic dust-emptying dock. If you are looking for a robotic vacuum suitable for a medium-sized to a large house, the Yeedi Vac Station is worth a close look.
While this robotic vacuum is not yet available for sale, a $100.00 early-bird coupon is available for those who pre-order at the Yeedi website.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington